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The Tories are cheating us out of our pensions – and our retirements

Arguments used by the Conservative government to justify increasing the age at which we may draw our pensions are increasingly false, it seems.

Fellow social media journalist David Hencke has all the information on his website.

He says the Tory claim is that as life expectancies continue to rise, it will be impossible for the pension fund to pay out for everybody unless the pensionable age rises too.

There’s just one problem:

Ministers always quote figures up to 2011… [the] last year of any big rise in longevity which had risen for decades.

Since then the rise has flattened – in one year it actually fell – and last year was the first in five years that showed a small rise. Next year the ONS is warning will be the first year they will have figures of the effects of Covid-19 – and the hint is that longevity will fall because of the disproportionate deaths among pensioners.

Worse still:

When you compare the UK to many other developed countries both men and women have lost out big time in the longevity stakes. The countries that make up the UK (with the exception of Northern Ireland) are all near the bottom of the table.

So while we all are being expected to wait longer for our pension in the UK, our extra weeks of life expectancy fall well below many comparable developed countries. We are being cheated – or at least not given the full facts – by our political leaders. So don’t believe any facile claims we have a world beating system for pensioners. Far from it.

The increased longevity argument was used strongly by the Department for Work and Pensions in its court battle to avoid paying compensation to 3.8 million women whose pension age rose from 60 to 66 – but who were not given enough warning to make proper preparations for it.

But our people aren’t living as much longer as people in other countries. What are those nations doing about pensions? And how are they doing it?

It seems clear that Mr Hencke is right and we are being cheated.

I wonder what we can do about it, if DWP representatives are prepared to perjure themselves in court to preserve a lie.

Source: The chances of living longer are getting shorter – new Office of National Statistics figures show only small rise in longevity | Westminster Confidential

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MPs keep hearing disabled people must fight to live ordinary lives. When will they listen?

Anne Severwright.

This is an old, old story.

Successive Tory governments since 2010 have heard evidence of the hardship they have forced on people with disabilities – and done nothing but worsen it.

It has been said that one definition of insanity is repeating the same behaviour and expecting different results.

So I have to ask why anybody in Parliament possibly thought any good would come of this?

Other strategies are necessary now – and have been for years.

Let’s talk about them.

Disabled people are being forced to fight for their right to live ordinary lives because of the flawed and under-resourced social care system, MPs have been told by a disabled campaigner.

Anna Severwright told members of the Commons health and social care committee on Tuesday that she and other users of council-funded care and support were unable to live normal lives because of cuts to their support packages.

She said the system was characterised by fear, a lack of trust and unfairness.

She said: “People my age talk about it being a fight, fighting the system, and that constant sort of sense that we are having to fight for our rights and fight to have a life.”

Source: Disabled people forced to fight for right to live ordinary lives, MPs hear – Disability News Service

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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson puts the UK under – practical – house arrest

Johnson: The prime minister seemed close to incoherence during his broadcast.

Can anybody remember what Boris Johnson said about 2020? It was right after he was elected, last December, I think.

He was trying to tell us that this would be a bonanza year for everybody. Days of wine and honey – or some such.

Famous last words.

For today (March 23) he has told us that we all have to stay in our homes in a bid to contain the threat of the killer coronavirus pandemic. He said:

People must stay at home except for shopping for basic necessities, daily exercise, any medical need and travelling to and from essential work.

Shops selling non-essential goods will also be shut and gatherings in public of more than two people who do not live together prohibited.

Other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship must also close immediately.

Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed.

The government is also stopping all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies – but funerals will be allowed.

If people do not follow the rules police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

He says he’ll review these restrictions in three weeks’ time and will lift them as soon as he can.

Given the quality of his decisions up to this point, I think that’s a promise to lift them too soon. Johnson will want to get the herd back to work as soon as possible, to make money for him and his cronies – and that makes it more likely that he’ll put us straight back in danger.

So we may end up in a position where – despite being out of our minds with boredom – we end up having to ignore any such lifting, for our own safety.

That will depend on the advice from the real experts, and I think we’ll all have to pay careful attention to what they say, and to developments in other countries. I don’t think we’ll be safe again until the end of the year at the earliest.

Source: Coronavirus: Strict new curbs on life in UK announced by PM – BBC News

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Life sentence for Nazi who plotted to murder a Labour MP – and hard questions on anti-Semitism

This news is both good and puzzling.

It’s excellent that neo-Nazism in the UK has been dealt a blow with the imprisonment – for life – of a man who plotted to kill a Labour MP.

It is excellent for the UK – and hugely damaging for the vile movement to which Jack Renshaw belonged – that he was jailed for paedophilia also.

And it is terrific that, after years of high-profile accusations by pro-Israeli government organisations – against innocent people – we can now see what a real anti-Semite looks like.

He looks like this:

Jack Renshaw: This was taken at a National Action event in 2016. Why was it impossible to prove he was a member?

But it is puzzling that it was impossible to establish a link between Renshaw and banned Nazi organisation National Action, when the information that foiled his plot came from a man who met him through that organisation.

And isn’t it puzzling that, now someone who genuinely hates Jews has been found and jailed, nobody who claims to represent Jews against such hate has anything to say?

A neo-Nazi who planned to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper in a terrorist attack has been jailed for life.

Jack Renshaw, 23, from Skelmersdale, Lancashire, must serve at least 20 years in prison.

A judge at the Old Bailey said Renshaw, who earlier admitted preparing an act of terror, wanted to “replicate” the murder of Jo Cox.

Renshaw made a Nazi salute towards supporters as he was led to the cells from the dock.

He pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial to buying a machete to kill the West Lancashire MP and making threats to kill police officer Det Con Victoria Henderson.

A jury twice failed to reach a verdict on charges relating to his membership of banned neo-Nazi group National Action.

Renshaw was … jailed for 16 months in June 2018 for four counts of grooming adolescent boys.

Renshaw was also jailed for three years in 2018 for stirring up racial hatred in two anti-Semitic speeches in 2016.

Source: Jack Renshaw: MP death plot neo-Nazi jailed for life – BBC News

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URGENT: Advice to ESA claimants found ‘fit for work’ on getting GP ‘fit notes’


Remember when it was revealed that the Conservative government had told doctors they no longer need to provide “fit notes” to claimants of Employment and Support Allowance who have been told they are “fit for work” after taking one of the Tories’ rigged “work capability assessments”?

This should remind you.

The advice was false, of course. Claimants need “fit notes” when they are contesting the decision, and to make sure Job Centre “advisors” cannot make unreasonable demands of them.

Frank Zola has written an article detailing advice to ESA claimants whose doctors may be inclined to follow the government’s false advice. It is valuable advice – perhaps crucial in a country where the benefit system is weighted in order to bring about the death of sick and disabled claimants by benefit deprivation.

Here’s part of it:

Caution: You may wish to seek independent support from an Advice Agency or Law Centre before acting on any of the consent based suggestions below.

When Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit claimants are required to undertake a Work Capability Assessment (WCA) and found fit for work (FFW), their GP or Doctor treating them is usually sent a letter, known as an ESA65B (pdf) [1], informing the GP/Dr that they no longer need to issue ‘fit-notes’ [2] for “ESA purposes”.

Unfortunately receipt of the ESA65B letter often results in GPs refusing to continue issuing ‘fit-notes’ [3], even when they should be issued when the claimant has requested a Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) of its FFW decision or appealing to an independent Tribunal against after an MR, or their health condition or disability gets significantly worse or they have a new medical condition. [4] Or when needed to ensure a Jobcentre Work ‘Coach’ cannot impose unreasonable work-related conditions on an ESA[4], Universal Credit (UC) [5] or Jobseekers Allowance (JSAc) (contribution based) [6] claimant.

If your GP/Dr did get an ESA65B letter and you are asking the DWP for a Mandatory Reconsideration or appealing to a Tribunal against the FFW decision, or your health condition or disability gets worse or you have a new medical condition or disability. You could provide a copy of or send your GP or GP practice links to ‘A short guide to the benefit system for general practitioners‘ and this letter of 5 April 2019 as they advise GPs when they should continue issuing ‘fit-notes’.

You can read the rest here. If you are among those affected by this issue, you most certainly should.

It may save your life.


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Is this the most disgraceful comment ever associated with Brexit?

Memorial: A photograph of Labour MP Jo Cox among flowers left in tribute to her. Economist Andrew Lilico’s words about her murder are vile.

Economist Andrew Lilico deserves recognition.

This Fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs and Chairman of the IEA/Sunday Times Monetary Policy Committee, as chief economist of Policy Exchange from 2009-10, produced what the BBC has described as the “essential theory” behind the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government’s initial deficit reduction strategy.

Not only that, he also takes credit for being the lead economist of the UK’s official Leave campaign that led to Brexit.

The association with the two atrocities against the UK’s population mentioned above – austerity and Brexit – should be enough to mark this man out as a vile individual, but the tweet reproduced immediately below should leave no doubt in anybody’s mind:

This person’s only interest in the politically-motivated murder of a fellow human being, it seems clear, lies in the effect of that murder on his campaign for the UK to leave the European Union; he’s more concerned about the loss of votes than the loss of a life.

He makes no mention of the fact that the killing was carried out because his campaign, and those that supported it, whipped up far-right nationalists to a point at which one of them believed murder was acceptable.

His only interest is in the number of votes the Leave campaign may have lost as a result of it – as if it makes a difference. Leave won anyway and UK politicians have been planning the country’s departure from the EU, which is set to take place at the end of March 2019.

And he’s lying about the Leave campaign having a 10 per cent poll lead, too.

So his claim that it is “impossible” to avoid thinking about this murder in terms of its effect on the vote is nonsense.

And his tweet is an offence against decency.

Fortunately, there are people left in the UK who have the backbone to stand up to this disgrace, and I am glad to report that they have made their rejection of this man and his vile ideas clear:

And they should be now.

But this Lilico person remains an influential economist and the UK remains on the course to which he and his like have set it; he is in control, it seems.

How do you feel about that?

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Cynical post-Pittsburgh posturing by the usual ‘left anti-Semitism’ liars

Commemorated: Memorials to the fallen outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

This is utterly vile: On the day 11 people were murdered in a synagogue in Pittsburgh – apparently by an adherent of the political far-right, bandwagon-jumpers claiming to speak for British Jews were lining up to accuse left-wingers in the United Kingdom.

Authorities in the US have alleged that 46-year-old Robert Bowers burst into the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and gunned down 11 people who were there for Shabbat – the Jewish sabbath, just before 9.54am (EDT) on Saturday, October 27. Six others were wounded.

Bowers was arrested after a short gunfight with police. He has been charged with 29 criminal offences, including 11 federal hate-crime charges. The 11 counts of using a firearm to kill carry a maximum penalty of death.

Other charges include obstructing the exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death, weapons offences and seriously injuring police officers. The FBI was investigating the shooting as a federal hate crime.

According to The Guardian, “The suspect appeared to have far-right views… Social media accounts in the name of Robert Bowers contained antisemitic rants.”

In the UK, someone apparently connected with those who have been accusing Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters in the Labour Party of anti-Semitism used a sock-puppet Twitter account to launch a false-flag attack against Labour.

In response to a tweet by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressing sorrow at the attack, this account tweeted: “YOU BROUGHT THIS ON YOURSELVES.”

The person behind the tweet was an apparently-nonexistent entity calling itself Dean Brown (@DeanBrownLab), who was described by anti-Corbyn Twitter account ‘Left Over’ as “a former Labour Party staffer, is a @jeremycorbynsupporter and a member of both @UKLabour and @PeoplesMomentum”. No such person exists.

The account appeared to have been created to post the tweet, and bears similarity to another account – @WesBrownLab – that fooled Yvette Cooper last year. “Wesley Brown” self-described as “Special Adviser to RT. Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP” – but nobody of that name has ever worked for the Labour Party, let alone as an advisor to Mr Corbyn.

You can read the full details on the Skwawkbox blog. Notice that the accounts listed at the end of the ‘Left Over’ tweet belong to people (or groups of them) who have been regular features of the campaign to use false accusations of anti-Semitism against Jeremy Corbyn and his (genuine) supporters:

Saddeningly, left-wing comedy talent David Schneider joined in by attacking “the left’s and Labour’s failure on anti-semitism” – with reference to two tweets, neither of which could be said for sure to come from Left, or Labour, sources. He tweeted:

The author of the first tweet he mentioned was this person:

Maybe I didn’t go far enough into his timeline to find out, but while I see plenty of socially-conscious retweets, I don’t see a lot of evidence that this person is a committed lefty, let alone a Labour supporter. I’m prepared to be contradicted on that one. As for the reference to a separate matter in a different country – well, we’ll come to that.

Jenny Tonge is, of course, a Liberal Democrat and therefore neither left-wing nor a member or supporter of the Labour Party.

Yet Mr Schneider tweeted:

(For clarity, Mr Schneider is wrong where he says anti-Semitism may be unwitting, and needs to clarify what he means by “due to ignorance”. Anti-Semitism is hatred of Jews, because they are Jews – and people can’t hate unwittingly or because they don’t know what is considered to be hatred in this instance. Even the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism states that A-S only “may” be evidenced by apparent correlation with the examples it quotes.)

Here’s a left-wing response to the Pittsburgh synagogue killings:

Here’s another:

This is the Skwawkbox response:

Angela Rayner is Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary:

John McDonnell is Labour’s Shadow Chancellor:

And Jeremy Corbyn is Labour’s leader, of course – and a man who has been falsely accused of anti-Semitism too many times to count:

All have given the dead and wounded of the Pittsburgh shooting the respect they deserve.

And yet…

Fox News got in on the act, over in the States:

This is despite the fact that the man accused of the killings is said to be a neo-Nazi.

I mentioned David Schneider’s condemnation of people who linked the Pittsburgh incident with Israel’s attacks on Palestinians. He believed they were inappropriate, so I hope he will join with other right-thinking people in condemning the way Labour’s Chris Williamson was dogpiled by Twitter users for retweeting a link to a Skwawkbox article about the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews using apparently anti-Semitic language.

This completely separate story was linked with Pittsburgh by the dogpilers, for no reason other than that they broke on the same day. Here’s Mr Williamson’s tweet – the dogpiling starts immediately:

‘Left Over’ and the accounts mentioned in its tweet, the five UK journalists who linked the Pittsburgh killings with Jeremy Corbyn, Chris Williamson’s dogpilers and – sadly – David Schneider are all responsible for an anti-left, anti-Labour, anti-Corbyn-and-his-supporters smear that is all the more disgusting because of its context.

All should make public apologies immediately. Some should face disciplinary procedures for false reporting.

But we all know that’s not going to happen, don’t we?

Not while anti-Semitism is the one accusation people can make against political figures without any need for proof whatsoever.

I know far too much about such matters myself. I was accused of anti-Semitism by fake crusaders similar to those listed above, and suspended from the UK Labour Party, nearly 18 months ago. After a botched decision by the party’s National Executive Committee that heard no evidence from me, I will finally have a chance to state my innocence next month.

I am also appealing for people who support justice to help fund legal action against my accusers. If you are willing to help, please visit my JustGiving page and donate what you can.

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Life expectancy falls AGAIN as Tory cuts bite into our health

Residents in post-industrial towns were more likely to die younger than those in the southeast [Image: Getty].

It isn’t that long since people were telling me life expectancy wasn’t dropping.

They said figures showed the increase in the age to which we could hope to live was slowing down.

Would anybody like to suggest that now?

Last April, The Independent reported that men could expect to live to 87, on average, and women to 89.

Now, the same newspaper is saying that, by 2041, the average age of death will be 83.4 for men and 86.2 for women.

That’s a major fall in life expectancy.

And – read the extract below – it’s all due to Conservative government policies. They are engineering early deaths for us all.

Life expectancy in some parts of the UK has plummeted, according to official figures.

By 2041, women will live to 86.2 years and men 83.4 years, projections by the Office for National Statistics showed – a decrease of almost a whole year compared to previous figures released in 2015.

An analysis of the data, conducted by Public Health England, found alarming disparities in longevity by local authority.

Danny Dorling, professor of human geography at the University of Oxford, said influenza, obesity, alcohol and smoking could largely be ruled out as contributory factors.

“The fall in life expectancy in several geographical areas of England is most likely a result of the effects of public service cuts and austerity,” he said. “Many other possibilities can be ruled out. Rates of smoking and drinking alcohol have fallen in recent years so that cannot be blamed. Between 2009 and very late 2017 there has been no serious influenza outbreak.

“A government that has chosen to make these cuts, and any of the organisations it directly sponsors, will understandably find this very hard to face up to.”

Source: Life expectancy in parts of the UK plummets by more than a year


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Nazanin’s life is in danger because of Boris Johnson – AND Michael Gove. THEY must step down or be sacked

Boris Johnson and Michael Gove were both members of the Vote Leave campaign. It seems they now want to “take control” personally – but their sheer arrogant incompetence on the Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe question means they should be expelled from the government [Image: Reuters].

It would be easy to say that the lumps in Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s breasts are nothing to do with Boris Johnson, and that he cannot be endangering her health by saying the wrong thing about her.

But that would be too simplistic an explanation – and those of us who have had dealings with the DWP know that they don’t accept single reasons for terminal, or potentially terminal, events.

It seems a specialist who examined her believes the lumps in her breasts are benign but should be monitored because Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has a family history of breast cancer and the stress she is under could be a contributory factor.

That’s stress that Boris Johnson has increased exponentially with his ignorant and harmful remarks.

It is stress that Michael Gove may have worsened by siding with Mr Johnson, even though he must have known that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was on holiday when she was arrested by the Iranian authorities, and that the claim that she was plotting to overthrow the regime is nonsense. The fact that he didn’t come out and say that straight away could be hugely damaging in the hands of the Iranian authorities.

Here’s the statement about Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s health, by her husband Richard:

For those who can’t read images [boldings mine]:

“New lumps had been identified in each of her breasts. Nazanin has been complaining of sharp stabbing pains in her breasts for some months – her breasts have been painful since month five of her detention. She had previously been given an inconclusive mammographpy by the in-prison gynaecologist.

“Nazanin had insisted on seeing an outside specialist for a second opinion. Since May Nazanin reports that she has only rarely been refused outside medical treatment, though sometimes approval can take a number of months.

“The specialist consultant on Saturday said he felt them to be likely benign, except for the fact that she had been complaining of sharp pains for over a year. He also told Nazanin that given her family history of breast cancer, and the fact that many cancers are related to stress, and given the level of anxiety Nazanin has been exposed to over an extended period, her situation should be kept under close surveillance.

“Nazanin was prescribed a week’s worth of medication Naproxen and Vitamin E, tablets to be taken every 12 hours. (Since it was a sudden referral her father was not present to pay. To avoid delay, the doctor waived the charge for the medication and ultrasound.)

“The specialist suggested Nazanin should be seen by him again after a week. She was given an appointment next Saturday to see how the lumps have responded to the medication, and whether there might be a need to operate.”

The Ratcliffes’ MP, Tulip Siddiq, told Sky News Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was “inconsolable”, “sobbing down the phone” to her husband and “couldn’t believe (Mr Johnson) could make comments that would endanger her life”.

The response on the social media has been nothing but damning.

https://twitter.com/liamyoung/status/929781837223940101

Apologies for the strong language in the following tweet. It is easy to sympathise with the emotion behind these words:

https://twitter.com/James4Labour/status/929752841933205504

This Site reported earlier that Jeremy Corbyn has demanded Mr Johnson’s resignation. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, has joined the Labour leader in this demand, saying Mr Johnson had not performed his “first duty” in the role, which is diplomacy.

I say: Michael Gove should lose his job as well. He chose to support Boris Johnson and undermine Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, in the face of the evidence. He chose to share Mr Johnson’s fate.

We know that Gove and Johnson have been trying to push Theresa May into following their demands on Brexit. It seems clear that is why Gove supported Johnson’s lie. If Theresa May doesn’t take action against this attempt to usurp what little remains of her authority, then her authority is gone altogether.

And we should give Mrs May a deadline to get them out.


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Now Nazanin’s life is in danger because of Boris Johnson – AND Michael Gove. THEY must step down or be sacked

Boris Johnson and Michael Gove were both members of the Vote Leave campaign. It seems they now want to “take control” personally – but their sheer arrogant incompetence on the Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe question means they should be expelled from the government [Image: Reuters].

It would be easy to say that the lumps in Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s breasts are nothing to do with Boris Johnson, and that he cannot be endangering her health by saying the wrong thing about her.

But that would be too simplistic an explanation – and those of us who have had dealings with the DWP know that they don’t accept single reasons for terminal, or potentially terminal, events.

It seems a specialist who examined her believes the lumps in her breasts are benign but should be monitored because Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has a family history of breast cancer and the stress she is under could be a contributory factor.

That’s stress that Boris Johnson has increased exponentially with his ignorant and harmful remarks.

It is stress that Michael Gove may have worsened by siding with Mr Johnson, even though he must have known that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was on holiday when she was arrested by the Iranian authorities, and that the claim that she was plotting to overthrow the regime is nonsense. The fact that he didn’t come out and say that straight away could be hugely damaging in the hands of the Iranian authorities.

Here’s the statement about Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s health, by her husband Richard:

For those who can’t read images [boldings mine]:

“New lumps had been identified in each of her breasts. Nazanin has been complaining of sharp stabbing pains in her breasts for some months – her breasts have been painful since month five of her detention. She had previously been given an inconclusive mammographpy by the in-prison gynaecologist.

“Nazanin had insisted on seeing an outside specialist for a second opinion. Since May Nazanin reports that she has only rarely been refused outside medical treatment, though sometimes approval can take a number of months.

“The specialist consultant on Saturday said he felt them to be likely benign, except for the fact that she had been complaining of sharp pains for over a year. He also told Nazanin that given her family history of breast cancer, and the fact that many cancers are related to stress, and given the level of anxiety Nazanin has been exposed to over an extended period, her situation should be kept under close surveillance.

“Nazanin was prescribed a week’s worth of medication Naproxen and Vitamin E, tablets to be taken every 12 hours. (Since it was a sudden referral her father was not present to pay. To avoid delay, the doctor waived the charge for the medication and ultrasound.)

“The specialist suggested Nazanin should be seen by him again after a week. She was given an appointment next Saturday to see how the lumps have responded to the medication, and whether there might be a need to operate.”

The Ratcliffes’ MP, Tulip Siddiq, told Sky News Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was “inconsolable”, “sobbing down the phone” to her husband and “couldn’t believe (Mr Johnson) could make comments that would endanger her life”.

The response on the social media has been nothing but damning.

https://twitter.com/liamyoung/status/929781837223940101

Apologies for the strong language in the following tweet. It is easy to sympathise with the emotion behind these words:

https://twitter.com/James4Labour/status/929752841933205504

This Site reported earlier that Jeremy Corbyn has demanded Mr Johnson’s resignation. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, has joined the Labour leader in this demand, saying Mr Johnson had not performed his “first duty” in the role, which is diplomacy.

I say: Michael Gove should lose his job as well. He chose to support Boris Johnson and undermine Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, in the face of the evidence. He chose to share Mr Johnson’s fate.

We know that Gove and Johnson have been trying to push Theresa May into following their demands on Brexit. It seems clear that is why Gove supported Johnson’s lie. If Theresa May doesn’t take action against this attempt to usurp what little remains of her authority, then her authority is gone altogether.

And we should give Mrs May a deadline to get them out.


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